Liverpudlian leader of Generation Identity follows National Action's sticker strategy.
Jordan Diamond, the former UKIP activist pal of Anne Marie Waters, has struck a major blow against international terrorism!
When I say that what I mean is that on Saturday he travelled from the comfort of his Liverpudlian home armed with some stickers. He then plastered these stickers over the outside walls of Didsbury Mosque, a place of worship much praised by actual Mancunians for its swift and decisive condemnation of the Manchester Arena attack.
It was, said a trustee, an “horrific atrocity” and an “act of cowardice [which] has no place in our religion or any other religion.”
That the bomber, Salman Abedi had attended the mosque made it an obvious and soft target for the far right. The fact that one of the imams reported that a sermon he gave strongly condemning terrorism had attracted Abedi’s hate, was ignored. So too its community work, which Mancunians of all faiths and none have applauded.
For his stickering mission, Diamond – who posts on Twitter as James Windsor – had on his Generation Identity (GI) hat. HOPE not Hate has previously documented the foul brand of ethno-nationalism punted by GI and the role Diamond plays in promoting it (incidentally, GI is banned from Twitter although Diamond/Windsor continues to post with impunity).
The precis is simple: they’re white nationalists.
We also helped Diamond gain his 15 minutes of infamy as one of the unwitting stars of ITV’s Undercover – Inside Britain’s New Far Right in which fellow former UKIP member Anne Marie Waters also featured heavily.
When not sticking stickers, Diamond continues to hang out with Waters and her doomed-from-birth For Britain. Let’s not forget For Britain is the party which is not a party, although it’s still going to be called For Britain, except when its being a party, when it isn’t. Like goings-on in a Rochdale hotel room booked by Britain First, it’s complicated.
In some ways GI looks like the nascent (and now proscribed) National Action (NA).
In its early days NA was very much taken with natty graphic design and venturing out into Jewish areas with offensive stickers. Then, as we all know, after some very public humiliations, most notably and coincidentally in Diamond’s Liverpool, the ante got seriously upped.
GI’s graphic identity is also reminiscent of that championed by Scottish Dawn, another far right terrorist group.
So should we read more into Diamond’s visit to Didsbury mosque. Is this just the antics of an immature young man? Or is this indicative of something more sinister?
GI is no National Action. But it is a deeply unpleasant gang and clearly aims to sow division in the communities it targets. That can in turn be dangerous as the outcome of such activities are hard to predict.
Diamond insists he does not condone violence. Last time he was known to be in Manchester was for Waters and Stephen Yaxley-Lennon’s Unite Against Hate protest in the immediate aftermath of the Manchester bombings. Loudly condemned by those who actually live in the city, this was far from peaceful.
Beer-toting thugs hurled racist abuse, bottles and fireworks. This “non-racist” gathering also so intimidated a group of Sikh volunteers who were feeding the homeless that they were forced to flee.
Now he’s back seeking to intimidate those who run and attend the mosque. He’s not the first. In November anti-terror police investigated the hand-delivery of an envelope containing a then-unidentified white powder and emblazoned with a skull and crossbones. There were kids as young as eight in the building at the time.
This followed delivery of a pork-filled envelope, because the far right is so mature and knowledgeable, theologically speaking.
So while Diamond’s juvenile actions can for now be seen as just that, he’s certainly one to watch. I don’t doubt that he’s caught the eye of the North West Counter Terrorism Unit who are very much alert these days to the activities of the far right on their patch
Katie Hopkins helpfully retweeted Diamond/Windsor’s post which is an excellent way of getting a flag on your file.
In the meantime Greater Manchester Police may well be taking an investigatory peep to see if a hate crime has been committed. They might have a natter with Police Scotland too, given Diamond’s gang were also out in Edinburgh with their sticky-backed hate symbols.